Classes

Latinx/Soca Fusion

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: All levels
Instructors: Laura Rodriguez (Latinx Fusion) and Ella Wechsler-Matthaei (Soca Fusion)
Latinx Fusion (1/26-2/23):
Adapted for small spaces, this is a class focusing on high-energy based movement while including empowered space for joy, community, and ritual. Together students will explore the social and communal Latin Diaspora of movement, migration, and music from Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States. Drawing from the foundations of salsa, cumbia, bachata, and cha-cha in both traditional and contemporary contexts, the class will take students through a lush warm-up, movement investigations, tasks, and combinations. Includes studies in horizontal and vertical weight, isolations, polycentric movements, and hip whining techniques. No previous experience needed and all are welcome! ¡Vamos a bailar!

Soca Fusion (3/2-3/30): 
A high-energy and engaging class for all levels that aims to support students in rediscovering what self-expression feels like through Soca music. Adapted for a small space, students will explore a fusion of styles including soca, dancehall, hip hop, West African, and Caribbean folk, to release rigidity in the body and relearn what it means to be grounded. Beginning with a warmup crafted to wake up the body, choreography will be  broken down into accessible learning segments to allow all students to fully understand and execute the movements. Soca Fusion focuses on creating an inner confidence that students will be encouraged to maintain across all dance disciplines, and throughout their lives to live more freely and authentically. 
Days/Time: T, 5-6pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet or sneakers recommended.

Fired Up Redux!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 25 – April 29Cone 10 Reduction Kiln
Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Geoff Booras and Denny McLaughlin

Learn what happens to your pot or sculpture once it makes its way into the kiln! This course covers basic concepts behind different firing methods and kiln designs. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at reduction, oxidation, and atmospheric firing principles, key temperatures, and techniques, then this is the class for you! Do you want to learn more about alternative firing methods? And what is a thermocouple, damper, spyhole, or bag wall anyway? Curious to know more? – Come stoke the flames of kiln wonderment in this new online course!

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Surface Techniques with Porcelain

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)Stephanie Young Calmwater Designs
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Stephanie Young

Course Description: Join Stephanie Young of Calmwater Designs for an in-depth study of her carving techniques on porcelain and the inspiration behind her iconic Art Nouveau style. Surface treatments using color including slips, underglazes and glaze will be explored. Young is full-time studio artist whose work is highly revered and collected. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with an artist at the top of her field!

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Plant Based Printing Processes II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Anne Eder Plant Printing Processes 2

Session 2: March 25 – April 29 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor:
Ann Eder

Course Description: Take your plant-based printing processes to the next level with this follow up course to the Plant-based Printing Intro class! Explore further the possibilities of printing with plants and using chemistry found in common household items. We will investigate the infinitely variable lumen and phytogram processes combined with non-traditional applications of chemistry you can make at home, as well as finding ways to take anthotypes and chlorophyll printing forward. We will meet via online

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Inspired by History

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 26 – April 30 (6 classes)Denny McLaughlin
Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor:
Dennis McLaughlin

Let’s think globally as we seek inspiration for both form and function from potters in the last 10,000 years! Each class will be spent examining the functional pottery made during a different time period and cultures from around the globe. Objects from the online collections of the Harvard Art Museums and Museums of Science and Culture will inspire demonstrations both on

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Flameware at Home

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 5 – March 12 (6 classes)Flameware Dennis McLaughlin
Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Do you enjoy cooking with your own clay creations? This class offers challenges in designing and executing versatile cooking vessels that are both elegant and practical. Flameware is uniquely formulated for use directly on a stove top burner or in a preheated oven. Careful attention will be made in emphasizing design elements that bring together form and function. The class projects

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Wheel Intensive - On-line Edition

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Steve Murphy teaching ceramics.Session 2: March 22 – April 26 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Mondays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description: For those with access to a pottery wheel at home or those happy to observe, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. The instructor will provide demonstrations based on what forms and/or techniques students would like to improve upon during this class.

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Handbuilding Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 3 – March 10 (6 classes)Ruth Easterbrook glazed pottery
Session 2: March 31 – April 28(6 classes)
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: Are you ready to test your hand-building skills to the next level? Building off established skills we will work on craft, form, and exploring some of the possibilities of combining hand-building techniques. These projects will be longer and take more patience and planning to follow through. I will share and lead conversations looking at historical and contemporary pots to learn from and inspire.

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Tile Design for the Home

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Tile Design for the Home

Session 2: March 23 – April 27
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm (ET)
Level: Beginner – Advanced
Instructor: Marek Jacisin

Course Description: From our sketchbook to the wall, this class will focus on pattern design and the tools needed to make tile molds at home with an emphasis towards the home. Projects will include backsplashes, accent walls and garden pavers. Each week there will be a demonstration of making a tile with molds constructed with foam and simple tools. For those students with access to clay, demonstrations of tile production with clay will assist the student in creating tiles at home. Students who do not have access to clay will benefit from observing the demonstrations and will have the tools to produce tiles once back in the studio.

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Fired Up Redux!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 25 – April 29Cone 10 Reduction Kiln Harvard Ceramics
Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Geoff Booras and Denny McLaughlin

Learn what happens to your pot or sculpture once it makes its way into the kiln! This course covers basic concepts behind different firing methods and kiln designs. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at reduction, oxidation, and atmospheric firing principles, key temperatures, and techniques, then this is the class for you! Do you want to learn more about alternative firing methods? And what is a thermocouple, damper, spyhole, or bag wall anyway? Curious to know more? – Come stoke the flames of kiln wonderment in this online course!... Read more about Fired Up Redux!

Animal Sculpture

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 4 – March 11Claudia Olds Goldie sculpture animals dogs
Session 2: March 25 – April 29
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm ET
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course Description: Create ceramic animal sculpture inspired by the natural world, fable, parable, fairy tales, and dreams. Drawing inspiration from historical and contemporary sculpture, students will develop their own realistic, metaphorical, or hybrid animals using simple ceramic techniques including slab, pinching, coiling and modeling.

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Setting Up Your Home Studio Mini-Course

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 4, 11, 18 (3 classes)Ben Eberle Soda Kiln
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm ET
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Ben Eberle

Course Description: In the past year, artists have faced being isolated from their community studios and some are beginning to think about moving from making art on the kitchen table to something a bit more permanent - a home studio. In this 3-part mini-course, studio potter Ben Eberle will walk us through setting up a home studio. Topics to be discussed will include purchasing of equipment and furniture, sink use (or what to do if there is no sink access), electric kiln installation and simple repairs

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Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Dates: February 1 – April 19 (12 classes)
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:
Matthew Katz assisted by Casey Zeng

Course Description: Demystify glaze and clay body chemistry via lectures and discussion led by instructor Matt Katz of Ceramic Materials Workshop, and hands-on experimentation facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. This class will cover technical information about glaze and clay formation. Along with technical information, students will learn how to effectively understand and work with their materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, how glaze

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Experimental Photography on Clay

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 2 – March 9 (6 classes)Anne Eder Experimental Photography on Clay
Session 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)
Day/Time:
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder


Course Description: There are many ways to combine images and clay, but if you are curious about the magic and alchemy of using light sensitive emulsions, this may intrigue you. This class, led by instructor Anne Eder, will be a guided exploration into using light sensitive materials to transfer images onto and into clay bodies. Students will begin by making clay tiles for testing, and over the six-week course will investigate photographic printing processes such as cyanotype, gum bichromate, and liquid emulsions. Whether you are coming from a clay background or a photographic one, or just enjoy combining art and science, this class will dive deep into process and experimentation.

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Circle, Square, Oval

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 2 – March 9 (6 classes)Work by Paul Wisotsky
Session 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 1pm – 3pm ET
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Paul Wisotzky

Course Description: This class will focus on creating circular, square and oval pots that start on the wheel. It will include altering, adding hand-built elements, subtracting material, and attention to surface both in the wet and leather hard stages. We’ll explore a variety of utilitarian pottery including cups and mugs, serving dishes and lidded vessels to name a few. We’ll spend time each session sharing work in progress discussing function,

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